Acceptable losses
Posted by aogWednesday, 16 July 2003 at 09:26 TrackBack Ping URL

A Canadian journalist in Iran was arrested and beaten to death by Iranian security forces. Canadian TV is now reporting that this has been confirmed by Iranian officials.

Not so strangely, though, this hasn’t gotten much, if any, Big Media play in the US. As many have mentioned, the perpetrators work for a government opposed to the US which makes it an acceptable loss. As the Iranian spokeman said, “The incident has no outcome other than tarnishing our international image at a time when we are in deep crisis at home and abroad”. The Iranian government sees the whole “dead person” thing as just an unimportant detail, with which the US media agrees. As long the latter doesn’t spread the story and taint the Iranian government, everything’s OK.

Tracked from Low Earth Orbit: Clandestine New Network on 24 July 2003 at 09:21

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